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Westerwelle disappointed with Mubarak's speech

The Local · 11 Feb 2011, 08:37

Published: 11 Feb 2011 08:37 GMT+01:00

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In a televised national address on Thursday night, Mubarak once again refused to step down despite more than two weeks of mass protests, telling the people that instead he had transferred some powers to his vice president.

“This speech from President Mubarak showed no new prospects,” Westerwelle said during a UN Security Council visit in New York. “It was not the hoped for step forward.”

In fact, the speech left worries over the situation “bigger, not smaller,” he said.

During a Friday morning interview with broadcaster ZDF, Westerwelle also urged the Egyptian government to avoid violence against demonstrators.

This means that protestors “should not be beaten or have to fear violence, and that the security officials also protect them,” the foreign minister said.

During his speech Mubarak said he would stay on as president to oversee constitutional reforms and a free election.

Egyptians had gathered with their families in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the centre of the historic protest movement, to watch the broadcast. But as it became clear that Mubarak would not leave office after 30 years of autocratic rule, the crowd reportedly became enraged.

Massive protests are expected for Friday.

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In another interview with daily Bild on Friday, Westerwelle urged accelerated talks between the Egyptian government and opposition parties.

“The political change can suffer no delays,” he said.

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20:06 February 11, 2011 by nabs
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21:46 February 11, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
Fortunately Minister Westerwelle has been overtaken by events and the brutal, US-backed, pro-Israel dictator Hosni Mubarak has stepped down, his associates have been sacked and the Egyptian military have taken over with the promise to work with the judiciary to organize democratic elections.

A great fear had been that Egypt's vile US-backed, pro-Israel Deputy Dictator, spy chief Omar Suleiman, would take over (as advocated by the egregiously violent and dishonest Americans) but he appears to have have been sacked.

Australians had particular cause to object to this traitor to humnanity since he was reportedly personally involved in the torture of an Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib who the Americans "renditioned" to Egypt for torture from US- and Germany-occupied Occupied Afghanistan.

Thus from Mamdouh Habib¦#39;s "My Story: The tale of a terrorist who wasn¦#39;t": "He [Omar Suleiman] slapped me hard across the face and knocked off the blindfold: I clearly saw his face…They took me to another room, where they tortured me relentlessly, stripping me naked and applying electric shocks everywhere on my body. The next thing I remember was seeing the general [Omar Suleiman] again. He came into a room with a man from Turkistan; he was a big man but was stooped over, because his hands were chained to the shackles of his feet, preventing him from standing upright. ¦#39;This guy is no use to us anymore. This is what is going to happen to you. Suddenly a guy they called Hanish, which mean snake, came at the poor man from behind and gave him a terrible karate kick that sent him crashing across the room. A guard went over to shake him, but he didn¦#39;t respond…They dragged the dead man out.¦quot;(for details Google "Mamdouh Habib and Obama's man in Cairo")."

US hegemony, US-backed wars and US-backed dictatorships also kill through imposed deprivation - Egyptian avoidable deaths from deprivation since 1950 total about 20 million (mostly women and children;). Post-1950 avoidable deaths from deprivation in the US- and racist Zionist-afflicted Arab World (population over 300 million) total over 70 million (for details see my book "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950").

A great day for the Egyptian people and all the Arab people. Let us hope that the rest of the US- and Apartheid Israel--backed dictators fall in the Arab world and that democracy can be the lot of the Palestinians, Iraqis and indeed all the sorely oppressed Arab people.
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